Foam cushions are the backbone of modern furniture. The best cushions are designed for comfort, style, and functionality with a specific purpose in mind. In order to make the most of your furniture cushions, it’s important to understand the difference between indoor and outdoor foam. The Foam Factory offers this simple breakdown for your reference.
Indoor foam is the type used for sofa cushions, easy chairs, and other furniture designed to remain inside the home. The main characteristics of indoor foam are high density and high resilience, with both of these qualities intended for comfort. Generally, indoor foam is soft and flexible, and also reactive to weight — which means the foam softens when you sit down, but is still dense enough to retain its shape.
Foam used in outdoor furniture, such as a patio cushion, is usually more porous and lighter in weight. Outdoor foam is designed with a moderate density that provides comfort, while still remaining durable enough to withstand the elements. Both Dryfast and open-cell outdoor foam materials are moisture resistant and feature large, open cells that allow the foam to dry quickly. Dryfast foam has the added benefit of being anti-microbial to prevent mold and other microorganism growth from taking hold.
While some outdoor foam can be used for indoor purposes, such as hypoallergenic bedding, you should refrain from using indoor foam types outdoors. For example, a chair cushion that is designed to provide padding for dining room chairs shouldn’t be left outside, where exposure to the elements can ruin the foam and fabric. Knowing the difference between indoor and outdoor foam can help you maximize the life of your furniture and avoid preventable replacement costs.